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Fracking: Law and Policy

Fracking: Law and Policy

By Mark S. Guralnick
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Overview

As fracking has become the most significant environmental law and public policy question of the 21st Century, its impact has spread out to touch numerous disciplines and many areas of law.

Fracking: Law and Policy is the single-source reference that addresses all the law and public policy issues relating to fracking.

Written by, Mark S. Guralnick, this multi-purpose deskbook addresses the current law and public policy issues related to fracking. It also serves as a formbook, practice manual, and reference guide covering all key areas of fracking, including the law, environmental, business, and public policy arenas. Jurisdiction, regulation, litigation, mineral rights and royalties, banking and insurance issues, worker safety and injury claims, insurance coverage, environmental and public health controversies, activism, and more, are all covered.

Regarding the law, Fracking: Law and Policy delivers clear, plain-English discussions of:

  • Jurisdiction over fracking (federal, state and municipal)
  • Analysis of the twenty-one federal laws dealing with fracking
  • An invaluable examination of the 45 federal agencies and bureaus that regulate areas relevant to fracking
  • Insights into the future of fracking, with expert analysis of developing legal issues

Fracking: Law and Policy also closely examines the litigation landscape, with:

  • A practical outline of the steps involved in taking a fracking case to trial, including a discussion of motions, evidence questions, and various kinds of damages and remedies.
  • A detailed assessment of more than 20 theories of liability
  • Sample pleadings and discovery forms
  • A practice-based list of third-party discovery and investigative resources

In addition, an entire portion of Fracking: Law and Policy is dedicated to public policy, sustainable business and corporate social responsibility, delivering valuable chapters on:

  • Mineral leasing law and policy
  • Industry reporting of chemicals, profits, energy reserves, and accidents
  • Corporate best practices
  • Shareholder best practices
  • Insights into the future of fracking, with expert analysis of developing policy issues

Fracking: Law and Policy takes an objective look at organized activism, the need for engagement, and the risks associated with extremism and misinformation. A list of activist groups is provided.

The book also tackles each of the major environmental and public health controversies:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Light intrusion
  • Traffic congestion
  • Dust control
  • Erosion and sedimentation
  • Damage to crops and livestock
  • Earthquakes
  • Threats to wildlife and marine life
  • Pipeline damage
  • Coastal zone damage
  • Climate change and social costs

Fracking: Law and Policy provides the most comprehensive and meticulous examination of all scientific, regulatory, economic, cultural, social, legal, and policy issues connected to this highly charged topic. It is the ideal resource for lawyers, regulators, scientists, engineers and oil and gas contractors, insurers, investors, safety inspectors, citizen advocates, legislators, policymakers, energy professionals and financial advisors.

Last Updated 02/23/2017
Update Frequency Updated annually
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
SKU 10045385-7777
Table of Contents

PART I - THE BACKDROP

Chapter 1. SCOPE

  • § 1.01 What Is Fracking?
  • § 1.02 What Is Shale?
  • § 1.03 How Did Fracking Begin?
  • § 1.04 How Are Shale Formations Found?
  • § 1.05 Where Are the Shale Formations?
  • § 1.06 What Is the Controversy?
  • § 1.07 Who Are the Stakeholders?

Chapter 2. THE SCIENCE OF FRACKING

  • § 2.01 Technical Framework
  • § 2.02 Hydrology
  • § 2.03 Geology
  • § 2.04 Chemistry
  • § 2.05 Petrology
  • § 2.06 Other Rock Sciences
  • § 2.07 Engineering
  • § 2.08 Agricultural Sciences
  • § 2.09 Environmental Science
  • § 2.10 Climatology
  • § 2.11 Computer Science
  • § 2.12 Social Sciences

Chapter 3. JURISDICTION

  • § 3.01 Federal
  • § 3.02 State
  • § 3.03 Municipal
  • § 3.04 Overlapping, Concurrent, and Conflicting Jurisdiction

Chapter 4. FEDERAL STATUTORY FRAMEWORK

  • § 4.01 Comprehensive Federal Fracking Law
  • § 4.02 Safe Drinking Water Act
  • § 4.03 Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
  • § 4.04 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • § 4.05 Energy Policy Act
  • § 4.06 Clean Water Act
  • § 4.07 Clean Air Act
  • § 4.08 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
  • § 4.09 National Environmental Policy Act
  • § 4.10 Toxic Substances Control Act
  • § 4.11 Natural Gas Act
  • § 4.12 Natural Gas Policy Act
  • § 4.13 Pipeline Safety Act
  • § 4.14 Interstate Commerce Act
  • § 4.15 National Forest Management Act
  • § 4.16 Federal Land Policy and Management Act
  • § 4.17 Mineral Leasing Act
  • § 4.18 Endangered Species Act
  • § 4.19 Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • § 4.20 Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • § 4.21 Securities Exchange Act

Chapter 5. REGULATORY INFRASTRUCTURE

  • § 5.01 U.S. Department of the Interior
  • § 5.02 U.S. Department of Energy
  • § 5.03 U.S. Department of Transportation
  • § 5.04 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • § 5.05 U.S. Department of Defense
  • § 5.06 U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • § 5.07 U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • § 5.08 U.S. Department of Labor
  • § 5.09 U.S. Department of Commerce
  • § 5.10 U.S. Department of State
  • § 5.11 Independent Federal Agencies
  • § 5.12 Executive Office of the President
  • § 5.13 The EPA/DOI/DOE Memorandum of Understanding
  • § 5.14 State and Local Agencies
  • § 5.15 Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission
  • § 5.16 International Energy Agency

Chapter 6. THE FRACKING FRONTIER

  • § 6.01 Introduction
  • § 6.02 Air Pollution
  • § 6.03 Odor Management
  • § 6.04 Dust Control
  • §6.05 Water Supply and Consumption
  • § 6.06 Water Pollution
  • § 6.07 Noise Pollution
  • § 6.08 Light Intrusion
  • § 6.09 Truck Traffic
  • § 6.10 Erosion and Sedimentation
  • § 6.11 Livestock, Pets, and Food Safety
  • § 6.12 Crops and Soil
  • § 6.13 Seismic Activity
  • § 6.14 Wildlife Habitat
  • § 6.16 Radioactivity
  • § 6.17 Pipeline Corrosion and Mishaps
  • § 6.18 Coastal Zone Management
  • § 6.19 Climate Change
  • § 6.20 Aesthetic and Visual Impacts
  • § 6.21 Social Costs

Chapter 7. THE ECONOMICS OF FRACKING

  • § 7.01 Scope
  • § 7.02 Mineral Rights and Royalties
  • § 7.03 Banking and Insurance
  • § 7.04 Real Estate Market
  • § 7.05 Tourism and Recreation

PART II - THE LITIGATION LANDSCAPE

Chapter 8. THEORIES OF LIABILITY

  • § 8.01 Strict Liability
  • § 8.02 Negligence
  • § 8.03 Negligence Per Se
  • § 8.04 Specific Statutory Breach
  • § 8.05 Fraud
  • § 8.06 Breach of Contract
  • § 8.07 Nuisance
  • § 8.08 Trespass
  • § 8.09 Waste
  • § 8.10 Other Causes of Action

Chapter 9. INITIAL PLEADINGS AND PROCEDURES

  • § 9.01 Case Evaluation
  • § 9.02 Identification of Defendants
  • § 9.03 Forum Selection
  • § 9.04 Sample Pleadings
  • § 9.05 Case Management
  • § 9.06 Lone Pine Orders

Chapter 10. PRETRIAL DISCOVERY AND INVESTIGATION

  • § 10.01 Purpose of Discovery
  • § 10.02 What Information Is Useful?
  • § 10.03 Third-Party Discovery and Investigative Resources
  • § 10.04 Freedom of Information Act
  • § 10.05 Records Retention Laws
  • § 10.06 Spoliation of Evidence
  • § 10.07 Open Public Meetings
  • § 10.08 Conventional Discovery Techniques

Chapter 11. THE FRACKING TRIAL

  • § 11.01 The Unique Science Aspect
  • § 11.02 The Admissibility Hurdle
  • § 11.03 The Humanization Theme
  • § 11.04 Motions in Limine and Other Exclusionary Devices
  • § 11.05 Judicial Notice
  • § 11.06 Admitting Hearsay Documents

Chapter 12. DAMAGES AND REMEDIES

  • § 12.01 Bodily Injury Claims
  • § 12.02 Diminution of Property Value
  • § 12.03 Remediation Claims
  • § 12.04 Medical Monitoring
  • § 12.05 Equitable Remedies
  • § 12.06 Punitive Damages

Chapter 13. WORKER SAFETY AND INJURY CLAIMS

  • § 13.01 Overview
  • § 13.02 Transportation and Unloading Injuries
  • § 13.03 Excavation and Trenching Injuries
  • § 13.04 Rigging Up/Rigging Down
  • § 13.05 Drilling Operations
  • § 13.06 Chemical Handling
  • § 13.07 Silica Dust
  • § 13.08 Tripping Out/Tripping In
  • § 13.09 Casing Operations
  • § 13.10 Blowout Prevention Controls
  • § 13.11 Maintenance-Related Injuries
  • § 13.12 Special Services
  • § 13.13 Workover Injuries
  • § 13.14 Well Completion Injuries
  • § 13.15 Accident Prevention ;

PART III - PUBLIC POLICY, SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS, AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Chapter 14. MINERAL LEASING LAW AND POLICY

  • § 14.01 Statutory Law
  • § 14.02 Regulations
  • § 14.03 Split Estates
  • § 14.04 Fracking Contract Provisions
  • § 14.05 Implied Covenants
  • § 14.06 Cooperation and Consolidation
  • § 14.07 Public Policy

Chapter 15. INDUSTRY REPORTING ISSUES

  • § 15.01 Haphazard Chemical Reporting
  • § 15.02 Under-Reporting Risks and Events
  • § 15.03 Over-Reporting Profits and Reserves
  • § 15.04 Section 1504 Disclosures
  • § 15.05 Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Chapter 16. CORPORATE RISK MANAGEMENT AND BEST PRACTICES

  • § 16.01 Reducing Risk
  • § 16.02 Reducing Surface Footprint
  • § 16.03 Reducing Water Consumption
  • § 16.04 Methane Management
  • § 16.05 Ensuring Well Integrity

Chapter 17. SHAREHOLDER AND STAKEHOLDER PROTECTION

  • § 17.01 Building Corporate Transparency
  • § 17.02 Achieving Regulatory Compliance
  • § 17.03 Developing Adaptive Organizations

Chapter 18. INSURANCE AND RISK

  • § 18.01 Casualty Loss Risk
  • § 18.02 Risk Allocation
  • § 18.03 Commercial General Liability
  • § 18.04 Operator’s Extra Expense
  • § 18.05 Environmental Site Liability
  • § 18.06 Environmental Impairment Liability
  • § 18.07 Employment Practices Liability
  • § 18.08 Business Interruption
  • § 18.09 Property Insurance
  • § 18.10 Storage Tank Liability
  • § 18.11 Contractors Pollution Liability
  • § 18.12 Pollution Liability Coverage
  • § 18.13 Cleanup Cost Cap Insurance
  • § 18.14 Civil Authority
  • § 18.15 Ingress/Egress Coverage
  • § 18.16 Directors and Officers
  • § 18.17 Errors and Omissions
  • § 18.18 Rigs, Cargo, and Equipment Coverage
  • § 18.19 Workers’ Compensation
  • § 18.20 Homeowner’s Insurance
  • § 18.21 Motor Vehicle Insurance
  • § 18.22 Specialty Lines and Portfolio Products
  • § 18.23 Mandatory Fracking Insurance

Chapter 19. OPTIMIZING CITIZEN ACTIVISM

  • § 19.01 The Value of Organized Activism
  • § 19.02 The Risk of Extremism
  • § 19.03 The Contamination of Misinformation
  • § 19.04 The Pursuit of Evidence
  • § 19.05 The Need for Engagement
  • § 19.06 Activist Groups

Chapter 20. PUBLIC POLICY

  • § 20.01 Environmentally Sensitive Fracking
  • § 20.02 Innovation and Efficiency
  • § 20.03 Frackonomics
  • § 20.04 Domestic Initiatives
  • § 20.05 The International Frontier

Glossary

Table of Cases

Table of Statutes and Regulations

Index

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